We all know about Obama's famous text-message VP announcement. But even beyond that his campaign has taken the approach of bypassing the usual press outlets and instead has been bringing their message to voters directly, meaning it's not subjected to the usual spin that happens in the process.
Nickelodeon is introducing social networking functionality to its casual gaming sites, functionality like chat and talking avatars and more. Nick is obviously trying to retain more of their players by giving them the same sort of tools on the site that they might have previously needed to go elsewhere to use. The problem for Nick… Continue reading Social Network News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
Vertical search has gotten the attention of more and more people, from venture capitalists to publications in the last year or so. Because the vast amounts of available information found through a general search engine like Google can sometimes be a tad intimidating, these search engines are positioning themselves as tools people can use to… Continue reading Search News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
We shouldn't worry too much about this moderately alarmist story that shows overall awareness of Hulu.com, the streaming programming site that's co-owned by Fox and NBC, stands at just about 15 percent. After all, that 15 percent is made up early adopters and influencers. The average age, according to the research, is 32 years old… Continue reading Streaming Video News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
SocialMedian has come out of beta testing as a site that lets you find news that's been recommended by others, recommend news stories yourself and generally find stuff that's going to interest you. The site has been in private beta for a while and combines the functionality of sites like Digg and FriendFeed, while learning… Continue reading Tools and Software: 8/28/08
Seems that Google has begun taking over FeedBurner's Advertiser Network, something that follows quickly on the heels of seeing that it had begun replacing Feedburner-managed feeds with a management service that's run by Google on its own servers. ----While there are a number of reasons for such failure that run from budget problems to lack… Continue reading Advertising News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb talks about how to get started lifestreaming, which she identifies as potentially being the "new blogging." She goes beyond the low hanging fruit and identifies the tools being used by some of the online celebrities who are doing just that and shows how they can be used by others to get… Continue reading Blogging News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
According to new numbers from DoubleClick Performics, new clarity has emerged on the media habits of tweens (those 10-14 years old): Media habits (an hour per day 83% online 68% watch TV 29% listen to the radio 10% read magazines 5% read newspapers Social network habits: 64% go to a social network at least once… Continue reading Media News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
There's a new review service in town. David Binkowski points to Blippr, a site that collects product reviews that are 160 characters in length or less. As David says, that limit forces the reviews to be relevant and concise and not get weighed down by too much opinion. I'm not completely sold on this sort… Continue reading Social Shopping and E-Commerce News Catch-Up: 8/28/08
David Binkowski becomes my personal hero for the next 24 hours based on one throw-away line in this post, but the issue he's discussing is actually quite important: Do some social media marketers put protecting and enhancing their own personal brand ahead doing so for their employer or clients? And if any of us do,… Continue reading Which comes first?